Many games feature fetch quests to break up the action; here, it's the entire story. Merle and Daryl from "The Walking Dead" TV show venture from town to town in Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, encountering stragglers who will only assist as long as you bring back something of import to them. This leads to the inevitable zombie encounters, which should provide a dose of excitement -- but instead suffocates the game in monotony.
RATING M for Mature
PLOT Merle and Daryl in a prequel to the show
DETAILS Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, $50
BOTTOM LINE Might turn fans away from the show